For many, being proactive with chiller maintenance in the early winter has led to better results in the spring, when it’s time to start the systems up again. Performing chiller maintenance as early in the winter as possible gives facility managers the benefit of finding major damage with plenty of time to fix the problems before the chiller needs to be back in operation.
There have been numerous studies that have shown regular maintenance extends the life of HVAC equipment, and chillers are no exception to that rule. But unfortunately, many building owners and facility managers defer maintenance due to budgetary constraints or other reasons, which can lead to performance issues later down the road.
A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study involving 196 cooling towers nationwide found that 84 percent contained Legionella DNA, indicating that the dangerous bacteria that causes a severe, even fatal type of pneumonia were present or had been at some point.
Will offer an independent alternative solution to the large tonnage market
July 29, 2016
US Chiller Services, provider of repair, maintenance, retrofit, and servicing of large tonnage chillers, has entered into a joint venture with New York-based HVAC specialist, The BP Group, to offer a full range of HVAC services for large tonnage chillers and equipment to an expanded client portfolio in the New York tri-state area.
Performing regular maintenance on chillers ensures they will operate as efficiently, and for as long, as possible. And while maintenance plans and practices can vary from region to region, manufacturer to manufacturer, and even client to client, HVACR contractors agree that minimal maintenance is better than no maintenance.
Bob and Tim were getting set up to clean the condenser tubes in a chiller. They were doing this job at night during overtime hours because they discovered the problem earlier that afternoon and the customer said the chiller needed to be able to operate at full capacity tomorrow for a conference.
Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at an office building with a 100-ton water-cooled chiller. As always, management was in a hurry to get the problem solved because the tenants were hot.
When it comes to large equipment that powers HVAC systems, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely rings true. And nowhere is an ounce of prevention more beneficial than with chiller maintenance.
The FS-Series are flexible shafts for tube-cleaning machines. The series has been redesigned and improved to be 40 percent stronger and are field repairable, the company said. According to the manufacturer, the new design has the holding power of more than 200 pounds of exerted force.
ABM, a leading provider of stand-alone and integrated facility services including HVAC, announced that its ABM Building Solutions operating unit has launched a new Chiller Services Group in Southern California, expanding ABM’s national Chiller Services Group.